Can the Audi Q3 take on the Volvo XC40?

At the moment, the hottest car in the segment is the Volvo XC40. It boasts modern styling that looks better than almost anything in the segment. In fact, it may be the very best looking small, premium SUV. It packs good looks, a great looking cabin and some impressive tech all for under $40,000. Plus, it’s a car that customers can subscribe to, something that has Millennials very excited. However, the Audi Q3 is here now and it just might have what it takes to tackle the latest Swede.

The first generation of Audi Q3 stood no chance against the XC40. While the XC40 is slick and modern, the first-gen Q3 was dull and outdated. This new Audi Q3, though, seems to strike all the right chords. Its exterior is stylish, modern and very sporty looking. Its front end is reminiscent of its Audi Q8 stablemate, which also so happens to be Audi’s flagship luxury car, and that gives it a more premium look. The Q3 also boasts a shoulder line that swells over its wheel arches, giving it a muscular, sporty look.

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Inside, the Volvo XC40 is very typically Swedish, which also means it’s lovely. The materials are premium, the design is modern and minimalist and its tech is impressive. Though, the same can be said about the new Audi Q3.

While more visually interesting than the XC40, the Q3 also sports a very modern, simple and high-tech cabin that’s packed with rich materials. Both cars also get touchscreen infotainment systems and interesting trim materials, Alcantara for the Q3 and a fuzzy sort of material for the XC40.

This small, premium SUV segment is getting white hot, with some genuinely good cars hitting the market, including these two, the Jaguar E-Pace and the BMW X2. However, at least for our money, it’s the Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40 that are the two best. Which one is better, though? For that, we’re going to have to wait until we can drive them.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.